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With 200 million people currently unemployed globally, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), and a need to create more than 300 million additional new jobs by 2020 to provide livelihood and career opportunities for the generation joining the labour market over the coming years, new approaches to job creation and skills development are urgently needed. Collaboration between the public and private sector towards the creation of quality and productive jobs contributing to sustainable and inclusive growth is a top priority for both advanced and emerging economies.

At the same time, major technological, economic, social and demographic disruptions demand the attention of business leaders and policy-makers. Over the next decade, no less than 47% of all occupations could be affected by deepening automation, while by 2021 nearly two-thirds of all college graduates will hail from emerging economies. These and other trends will have significant impacts on the structure of industries, employment, occupational change and the skills required from the future workforce. Finding answers to these questions will have far-reaching implications for the dynamism and prosperity of economies and societies.

The Global Agenda Council on the Future of Jobs will consolidate the latest knowledge on trends and disruptions to develop scenarios for skills and employment demand in the next 5-10 years, and identify implications of these projections for human capital planning and labour policy by governments, as well as for business and education providers.

Contact Us:

Council Manager: Till Leopold, Project Lead, Employment, Skills and Human Capital Initiative, Gender Parity Programme and Human Capital, till.leopold@weforum.org
Forum Lead: Saadia Zahidi, Head of Employment and Gender Initiatives, Gender Parity Programme and Human Capital, Member of the Executive Committee, saadia.zahidi@weforum.org